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Invisible World by Suzanne Weyn
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Jul 31, 2012

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, middle-grade-books

I was both pleased and disappointed with this book. Suzanne Weyn is one of my favorite authors and I greatly admire and respect her ability to write in several genres and make them all sound authentic. That is perhaps why I was so disappointed with her newest work. Invisible World is a fast read that is has a focus on the Salem Witch Trials. Our main character is a strong girl of fifteen who has physic abilities (not a very good time or place to be having them). Both the synopsis and the start of the book gave me high hopes for the story but what I read was far below what I was expecting. In the story, I felt like there were too many gaps and the desires of Betty were numerous and flighty. You can literally break this book into chunks of time. The focus on witchcraft became the main issue in the book blocking out some other important areas that I think needed to be discussed more in depth. The main character was able to move on too quickly from issue to issue and so I felt it wasn't really all that believable (or at least done too quickly). The history is a rich one that I felt was overlooked, and that usually isn't Weyn's style. Maybe I expected too much from her, but a lot of the time I felt frustrated with what was going on thinking that there was something missing. I can say that it did a good job as a quick summer read which is exactly what I was looking for. I would reccomend this to young people who are perhaps in the middle school range as it talks a lot about the same people who manystudents will have to read about in the Crucible by Arthur Miller when they are in high school. The action and fast-pace of the novel may be enough to grab their attention and hook them onto the story, making later years of literature easier to deal with. However, as an older and more experienced reader who is well versed in both historical and "magic" fiction, I can only say that this book was ok. Suzanne Weyn is still a great author who's work is included in some of my favorites. Like I said before, she isn't afarid to try all sorts of genre's and I am so happy for that! I'm far from giving up on her and just hope that I have better luck next time :D

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Reading Progress

July 31, 2012 – Shelved
August 1, 2012 – Started Reading
August 1, 2012 –
page 78
August 4, 2012 – Finished Reading
January 21, 2013 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
March 28, 2015 – Shelved as: middle-grade-books

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